plural noun

: a small family of marine mammals (suborder Pinnipedia) that are related to the seals, have a thick tough nearly hairless skin underlaid by a thick layer of blubber and the upper canines enlarged into tusks, and include the walruses and extinct related forms

Word History


New Latin, from Odobenus, type genus + -idae

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“Odobenidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Odobenidae. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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